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Chocolate, Chocolate, It’s Good For Your Heart, Study Finds

Regular chocolate eaters had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke compared to people who didn't eat chocolate. The researchers say it's more evidence that polyphenols may be protective.

Landfill Of Lettuce: What Happens To Salad Past Its Prime?

The bagged salad industry is growing quickly. Consumers love the convenience. But one unintended consequence is waste. We investigate why a dump truck full of bagged greens got tossed in a landfill.

Mighty Farming Microbes: Companies Harness Bacteria To Give Crops A Boost

Will agricultural chemical dealers start selling microbes? Some big pesticide companies are investing in efforts to turn soil bacteria into tools that farmers can use to grow more food.

Organic Farmers Call Foul On Whole Foods’ Produce Rating System

Some organic farmers are protesting a new system Whole Foods is using to rate its suppliers. They say the system devalues the organic label because nonorganic producers can earn the highest grades.

For Bakers And Restaurants, Egg Supply Is Getting Ugly

Commercial bakers and restaurants use liquid egg in dozens of foods, from cakes to mayonnaise. But the price has shot up 240 percent since May, as U.S. poultry farms reel from an avian flu outbreak.

Trader Joe’s Ex-President Opens Store With Aging Food And Cheap Meals

Would you buy groceries with a shorter shelf life if they were sold at a steep discount? Doug Rauch will test the idea at a new grocery store stocked with food donated by wholesalers and markets.

Cod Comeback: How The North Sea Fishery Bounced Back From The Brink

A decade ago, fishermen trying to catch North Sea cod were coming up empty. Now, thanks to strict fishing rules put in place to halt the decline, this fish tale looks headed for a happy ending.

Avian Flu Outbreak Takes Poultry Producers Into Uncharted Territory

Avian influenza is ravaging poultry flocks across the Upper Midwest. The virus is "doing things we've never seen it do before," and understanding about transmission is very limited, a scientist says.

From Scornin’ It To Lovin’ It: McDonald’s Tests Out Kale On Its Menu

The green health halo hovering over kale glows brightly, and the company is putting it in breakfast bowls in nine southern California locations. Will it help brighten up the Golden Arches?

Puerto Rico Wants to Grow Your Next Cup of Specialty Coffee

More than a century ago, Puerto Rico used to produce world-class coffee. Now farmers there are trying to rebuild the industry by focusing on growing higher-quality beans, which command higher prices.

Panera Is The Latest To Drop Artificial Ingredients From Its Food

Panera Bread says it's dropping artificial colors, preservatives and additives from many menu items. But while it says that includes artificial sweeteners, it's leaving sodas with them on the menu.

Almanac Beer Company on Bar Towel Radio

At the recent Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, Oregon we were fortunate to record a few conversations for Bar Towel Radio. And we’re thrilled to release another one of those chats, this one with Jesse Friedman of Almanac Beer Company of San Francisco. In this episode of Bar Towel Radio we discuss with Jesse the history of Almanac […]

Tyson Foods To Stop Giving Chickens Antibiotics Used By Humans

Antibiotic use is falling out of fashion in the poultry industry. Tyson Foods, the biggest poultry producer in the U.S., says it will stop feeding its birds human-use antibiotics in two years.

Buzz Over Bee Health: New Pesticide Studies Rev Up Controversy

Two new studies published in the journal Nature point to a connection between a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids and a decline in bee health. What's bad for bees is bad for crops, too.

Millions Of Chickens To Be Killed As Bird Flu Outbreak Puzzles Industry

A flu strain deadly to chickens and turkeys is striking farms in the West and Midwest. This week, it hit an Iowa facility with millions of egg-laying hens. No one knows how it's entering houses.

Retail Roundtable with Ontario Brewers

This week is the Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, where there are a significant number of Canadian brewers present. So when the news broke that the Ontario government was making changes to the beer retail system in the province, many brewers and others within the industry were together to discuss the its impact. Show More Summary

Redistribute California’s Water? Not Without A Fight

What's a fair way to divide up California's scarce water? The current system relies heavily on history: Some farmers will get water, others won't, based simply on when their land was first irrigated.

Bar Towel Radio with Dave McLean of Magnolia Brewing

I’ve written fondly in the past about San Francisco, one of my favourite beer cities in North America. This year I was fortunate enough to visit again, and while I was there I recorded an interview with Dave McLean, the founder and brewmaster...Show More Summary

Beyond Almonds: A Rogue’s Gallery of Guzzlers In California’s Drought

California is parched. Wells are running dry. Vegetable fields have been left fallow and lawns are dying. Who can we blame? From almonds to politicians to cheap water, here are seven candidates.

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